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Last weekend at UFC 247, Derrick Lewis won a hard-fought decision over Ilir Latifi to move to move to 14-5 in the UFC heavyweight division. But though Lewis got the win, it sounds like his battles may be only just beginning. Speaking with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani yesterday, Lewis revealed that heading into UFC 247, he was dealing with a medical condition that was affecting his training. “My coach wants me to get something checked out...

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Karl Roberson had to fight through adversity to get the victory at UFC on ESPN+ 21 in Moscow on Saturday, but the New Jersey native did just that as he overcame a nasty eye poke that left him with a cut eyelid to claim a third-round submission win. Roberson (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) finished Roman Kopylov 59 seconds from the end of their light heavyweight preliminary card bout at the CSKA Arena and, speaking backstage...

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Bellator 231, headlined by former top UFC heavyweights Frank Mir (19-13) and Roy Nelson (23-18), drew 265,000 viewers on Paramount on Friday. The number was the third-lowest of the year for Bellator, which on the surface would be disappointing. The show had more fighters with familiar names than most Bellator shows. The card featured Phil Davis, a former top UFC light heavyweight and former Bellator champion; Ed Ruth, a three-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion;...

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Five years ago, Josh Rettinghouse had his first brush with greatness. At World Series of Fighting 9 on March 29, 2014, the then-24-year-old Rettinghouse was matched up with future UFC star Marlon Moraes. Make no mistake, Rettinghouse wasn’t some star-struck token challenger. He’d earned his spot with an upset of bronze-medal winning Olympic wrestler Alexis Vila, who’d made a name for himself in Bellator MMA. But when the time came for Rettinghouse’s big moment, it...

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Over the past few years, UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has faced the kinds of setbacks that perhaps no fighter in history has ever dealt with. Injuries are just part of the sport. But the 28-year old former “Ultimate Fighter” winner has endured far more than that – a bizarre stretch of illnesses and last-minute surgeries that have slashed his octagon appearances to three over the past two years. In his most recent mishap, Whittaker...

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Bethe Correia’s return to the winning column after three years and 11 days meant more than just a victory for the Brazilian bantamweight. The onetime UFC title challenger had to dig deep after losing the first round to Sijara Eubanks in the preliminary portion of UFC Mexico City on Saturday night, emerging victorious via unanimous decision and snapping an uncomfortable 0-2-1 skid in the company. “Satisfied” with the win, Correia told MMA Fighting she almost...